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The Art and History of Disney Animation—Flex

Explore the artistic development of the animation medium through the Walt Disney Studios from 1920-the present in this ten-week long FLEX class!
Molly McGill, M.A.
740 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 76 learners
No live meetings
Over 10 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Aug 15

Aug 15 - Oct 24 (10 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Sep 5

Sep 5 - Nov 14 (10 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Sep 19

Sep 19 - Nov 28 (10 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Oct 3

Oct 3 - Dec 12 (10 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Nov 7

Nov 7, 2022 - Jan 16, 2023 (10 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Dec 5

Dec 5, 2022 - Feb 13, 2023 (10 weeks)
Flexible Time
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Class Experience

In this class, students will learn:
--the historical processes of animation and the history of the medium 
--how animation has been received throughout the last 100 years
--how historical events have impacted animation in the United States
--how animation is impacted by the development of new technologies
I have my MA in Art History from the University of Colorado at Boulder where I focused on animation and its interactions with art history for my master's thesis. I have taught a version of this course twice at the collegiate level for undergraduate students. This is a very unique course, in that it is not something traditionally covered by either art or film. Therefore, I offer a very different perspective on the development of art in the twentieth century through animation. 
Outside of class, you may be asked to view additional animated shorts or sequences on YouTube in preparation for the next week's course. Learner progress is evaluated through class discussion and brief writing prompts in the classroom. 
Links to each week‘s presentation will be posted on the course page, and all homework will be completed on the course page as well!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Student progress is assessed through in class discussion and participation in the homework assignments. Grading is optional and available at request. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be asked to engage with outside articles and YouTube videos, all of which will be provided as links by the instructor in the classroom.


Molly McGill, M.A.
Lives in the United States
College Professor, Art Historian, Writing Coach, Animation Historian, Disney Expert
740 total reviews
659 completed classes

About Me

Hello Outschool families! My name is Molly McGill and I am so excited to be teaching on the Outschool platform and sharing what I love with students from all over the world. I earned my Masters in art history from the University of Colorado, where... 
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